Lane Strathearn, MBBS FRACP PhD

Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Phone: 319-356-7044
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: August 04, 2017

Lane Strathearn

Leadership: Co-UCEDD Director
Co-LEND Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research Director
Discipline(s): Medicine-Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Autism, attachment, neuroimaging, oxytocin, development
Service: Autism




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EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable.)


(if applicable)

Completion Date


University of Queensland, Medicine, Brisbane, QLD



Medicine (MD equivalent)

Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney, NSW



Pediatrics and Child Health (FRACP)

University of Queensland, Medicine, Brisbane, QLD



Medicine (Topic: Maternal Neglect)

Mater Misericordiae Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland



Pediatrics, including appointment as Chief Resident

Mater Misericordiae Children's Hospital, Brisbane, QLD



Child Protection and Neurodevelopment

University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD



Child Maltreatment Research

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Postdoctoral Fellow


Developmental Pediatrics

A. Personal Statement

I am a tenured professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa and Division Director for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and hold an Endowed Chair for Pediatric Neurodevelopment. I have recently been appointed as the physician director of the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, which has been designated as a University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) since 1972. I am co-director for both the UCEDD and the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities), which provides long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training and service, and has been continuously funded for over 20 years. My training as a developmental pediatrician, a child maltreatment specialist, and a neuroscientist has resulted in a broad perspective on the interactive effects of genes and environment on childhood neurodevelopment. This perspective and expertise will be utilized extensively in this research project. I have a proven track record of NIH funding, interdisciplinary collaboration, and leadership, with 2 current R01 grants including a competitive renewal for which I am the corresponding MPI in a multi-site study. My experimental work has included epidemiological and longitudinal research of extreme prematurity and cognitive/emotional development, randomized controlled intervention trials of intranasal oxytocin in autism and parenting, and functional MRI studies exploring the neural basis of parent-infant attachment.

My research career has consistently focused on the translation of basic science to inform clinical practice. I have drawn upon animal models of infant development and parenting behavior to test novel hypotheses using functional MRI and behavioral phenotyping, then expanding to explore high-risk populations, such as prenatally substance-abusing mothers and mothers with unresolved childhood trauma or depression.

B. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

2002 - 2004

Instructor, Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, Houston, TX

2004 - 2014

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, Houston, TX

2010 - 2014

Assistant Professor (joint appointment), Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Houston, TX

2014 - 2015

Associate Professor (joint appointment), Baylor College of Medicine, Neuroscience, Houston, TX

2014 - 2015

Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Houston, TX

2015 -

Professor, Stead Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2015 -

Physician Director, Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa Children's Hospital, Iowa City, IA

2015 -

Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

1994 -

Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians - Chapter of Community Child Health

2002 -

Member, Society for Neuroscience

2008 -

Board Member, International Association for the Study of Attachment

2010 -

Treasurer, International Association for the Study of Attachment

2012 -

Panel Member, Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities (CPDD) Study Section, Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes Integrated Review Group, National Institutes of Health.

2014 -

Member, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics



Chief Pediatric Resident, Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


United Medical Protection Conference Prize, 7th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect


Pediatric Traveling Fellowship, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians


New Investigator Award, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. Research chosen as "President's Selection"


Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses for the PhD dissertation, University of Queensland


Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Scholarship in Development of Enduring Educational Materials, Baylor College of Medicine


Membership in the Academy of Distinguished Educators, Baylor College of Medicine


William E. Bell/Gail A. McGuiness Chair for Pediatric Neurodevelopment, University of Iowa

C. Contribution to Science (Selected publications)

  1. Kim S, Kwok S, Mayes LC, Potenza MN, Rutherford HJ, Strathearn L. Early adverse experience and substance addiction: dopamine, oxytocin, and glucocorticoid pathways. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Forthcoming;

  2. Kim S, Fonagy P, Allen J, Martinez S, Iyengar U, Strathearn L. Mothers who are securely attached in pregnancy show more attuned infant mirroring 7 months postpartum. Infant Behav Dev. 2014 Nov;37(4):491-504. PubMed PMID: 25020112; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4301602.

  3. Kim S, Fonagy P, Koos O, Dorsett K, Strathearn L. Maternal oxytocin response predicts mother-to-infant gaze. Brain Res. 2014 Sep 11;1580:133-42. PubMed PMID: 24184574; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4286383.

  4. Sharp C, Kim S, Herman L, Pane H, Reuter T, Strathearn L. Major depression in mothers predicts reduced ventral striatum activation in adolescent female offspring with and without depression. J Abnorm Psychol. 2014 May;123(2):298-309. PubMed PMID: 24886004.

  5. Kim S, Fonagy P, Allen J, Strathearn L. Mothers' unresolved trauma blunts amygdala response to infant distress. Soc Neurosci. 2014;9(4):352-63. PubMed PMID: 24635646; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4260525.

  6. Iyengar U, Kim S, Martinez Mills R, Alati R, Strathearn L, Najman JM. Alcohol and tobacco use among maltreated and non-maltreated adolescents in a birth cohort. Addiction. 2014 Apr;109(4):672-80. PubMed PMID: 24325599; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4140564.

  7. Mills R, Scott J, Alati R, O'Callaghan M, Najman JM, Strathearn L. Child maltreatment and adolescent mental health problems in a large birth cohort. Child Abuse Negl. 2013 May;37(5):292-302. PubMed PMID: 23380430; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3918944.

  8. Strathearn L, Iyengar U, Fonagy P, Kim S. Maternal oxytocin response during mother-infant interaction: associations with adult temperament. Horm Behav. 2012 Mar;61(3):429-35. PubMed PMID: 22306668; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3358225.

  9. Strathearn L. Maternal neglect: oxytocin, dopamine and the neurobiology of attachment. J Neuroendocrinol. 2011 Nov;23(11):1054-65. PubMed PMID: 21951160; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3319675.

  10. Mills R, Alati R, O'Callaghan M, Najman JM, Williams GM, Bor W, Strathearn L. Child abuse and neglect and cognitive function at 14 years of age: findings from a birth cohort. Pediatrics. 2011 Jan;127(1):4-10. PubMed PMID: 21135010.

  11. Strathearn L, Fonagy P, Amico J, Montague PR. Adult attachment predicts maternal brain and oxytocin response to infant cues. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009 Dec;34(13):2655-66. PubMed PMID: 19710635; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3041266.

  12. Strathearn L, Mamun AA, Najman JM, O'Callaghan MJ. Does breastfeeding protect against substantiated child abuse and neglect? A 15-year cohort study. Pediatrics. 2009 Feb;123(2):483-93. PubMed PMID: 19171613 ; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2650825.

  13. Strathearn L, Li J, Fonagy P, Montague PR. What's in a smile? Maternal brain responses to infant facial cues. Pediatrics. 2008 Jul;122(1):40-51. PubMed PMID: 18595985; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2597649.

  14. Strathearn L, Gray PH, O'Callaghan MJ, Wood DO. Childhood neglect and cognitive development in extremely low birth weight infants: a prospective study. Pediatrics. 2001 Jul;108(1):142-51. PubMed PMID: 11433067.


Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:

D. Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance

Ongoing Research Support

R01 DA026437-07



Oxytocin and Brain Reward and Stress Responses to Infant Cues in Addicted Mothers

Role: PI

R03 HD080998-02

Strathearn, Lane  (PI)


Paternal Brain Responses to Infant Face Cues: Effects of Intranasal Oxytocin

Role: PI